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January 06, 2006

Recommendation list bombing

Stephen Baker

Boing Boing has a post about people gaming recommendations systems, sometimes apparently to spread racism. John Battelle calls it "recommendation bombing." Seems to me like a digital extension of graffiti.

08:10 AM

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cf. Heather's comment yesterday about responsible pointing. Please replace the fifth word in the above post with "wild speculation" and invite readers to evaluate the pages for versions of the movie on the Wal*Mart site, the pages at other mass retailers, etc, etc.

Posted by: Jon Garfunkel at January 6, 2006 08:30 AM

I believe it was possibly a technical problem at Wal-Mart. Graffitti is intentional, so what you are saying is that this was done on purpose. The system at Wal-Mart is automated, which reduces costs. I guess you can go too far with automation and end up with unintended consequences like this Wal-Mart situation demonstrates. Wal-Mart seems clueless.

Sex. Clothes. Popularity. Is there a problem here?

Just order lemon wedges to suck on!

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at January 6, 2006 10:06 AM

Hey you Wal-Marteers, it is one thing to spark up a doobie and get laced at parties, but it is quite another to be fried all day.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at January 6, 2006 11:41 AM

I hear that Wal-Mart is just heartsick over the whole thing. We're getting a new Wal-Mart in our area, being built on a former insane asylum. It sort of seems like the perfect setting for a the place. Wal-Mart might just be headsick and mistake business with emotions. You haven't seen anything yet. Maybe they'll start having Crazy Days promotions. Prices so low, they're crazy. Wal-Mart just isn't with the program. If I was African American and worked at Wal-Mart I'd quit and then get a lawyer and sue them for emotional distress asking for damages for past, future, present and prospective damages. You could have a heck of a case here. But that's just me.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at January 6, 2006 04:20 PM


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